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Stakeholders weigh in on California’s bail system at public hearing

News: 2017 Press Release

For Release: January 31, 2017
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Stakeholders weigh in on California’s bail system at public hearing
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to render recommendations following public input

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement after holding a public hearing today on California's bail system:

"I thank all who attended today's hearing and provided valuable input regarding California's bail system. The goal of this hearing was to explore the bail system in California, including the current structure and process, and to hear from various interested parties about their perspectives on the current bail system and potential options for reform. The public hearing process is an important step in considering all potential impacts and possibilities for improvements. The California Department of Insurance has regulated the bail bond business since the passage of the Bail Bond Regulatory Act in 1937; however, my department lacks the resources to allow for a comprehensive bail enforcement program. Another important issue raised today is whether it is fair or constitutional to have a bail system that detains people who are unable to afford bail while releasing wealthier people who are able to pay bail. As the regulator of more than 3,000 bail agents and the nearly 20 insurers issuing bail bonds, I take very seriously the issues discussed today. I welcome additional comments from any and all members of the public and will make my recommendations in the coming weeks."

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Media Notes:

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $371 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.

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